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The Whole Thing: Melons

I find it strange that us Americans waste so much food. Is it because we aren’t adventurous eaters? That can’t be the reason (we eat things like pig ears and cow intestines after all). I think it’s probably because most Americans are just getting back into the trend of growing their own food. I remember last year talking with a friend who attends the Brooklyn Farmer’s Markets daily. She overhead a young school aged child exclaim to her mother, “mommy, I didn’t know that potatoes grow from the earth.” Legit if she was say 4, but do seven year olds really not know that? Eeek!

Of course fleshy fruits and stalky veggies are delicious and juicy, but the seeds, rinds, leaves and roots contain invaluable nutritional elements we can’t get from other parts.

As a kid I watched my Sicilian grandmother bite into the tough skin of oranges and chomp on the rinds of melons thinking she was crazy. Turns out she had the right idea!

So, the question is, are you eating The Whole Thing?

How about we start with a fruit that is loved by all Americans, adults and children alike, melons.

The Seeds

Toast Em! Set aside, squeeze on lime, add sea salt, toast in the oven for 20 min

(help lower blood pressure)

The Flesh

Crush It! Finely chop flesh of one small melon. Muddle basil and lime juice in large bowl. Add crushed ice, muddled ingredients and melon. Yum, melon crush!

The Rind

Chop It! Chop or cube, add to a frying pan with corn, sprinkle on a touch or coriander and black pepper and enjoy as a side dish.

Pickle It! cut into thin slices, roll in salt, add to half cup vinegar, one packet stevia, peppercorns and garlic powder. Can and store in a cool dark place for 4 weeks. Pull it out, open and enjoy!

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.

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